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Monday, July 16, 2007


(Tignes, France) – Over the last 10 days, the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team has had teams competing at the Tour de France, Tour of Qinghai Lake (China) and Tour of Austria, and has four stage wins, one overall win and seven days in the best young rider jersey to show for it.

At the Tour of Austria, Gianni Meersman and Stijn Devolder both captured stage victories while Devolder also took the overall victory. In China, Allan Davis won the first and third stages, took second in stage two, and leads the overall race. While at the Tour de France, the young Russian Vladimir Gusev wore the white Best Young Rider jersey from the opening Prologue through Stage Seven. As a result of Gusev’s success and as a part of the team’s “green” commitment the Team will plant 210 trees (30 for each day Gusev wore white) in the Mendocino forest in California.

Team Discovery Channel has 26 victories to date in 2007, and Sports Director Johan Bruyneel appears happy with his team’s success. “Just two years after Lance’s retirement we are proving that we can adapt to life without Armstrong and I am quite pleased with how quickly we have adapted to the change. So far this year we have won races in the U.S., Europe and now in Asia, and already have as many wins in 2007 as we had in all of 2006,” stated Sports Director Johan Bruyneel. “Our program will always have a focus on the Tour de France but we are showing that we are not only focused on the Tour. I expect continued success the remainder of 2007.”

The Discovery Channel Team continues to have high ambitions at the 2007 Tour de France for both stage victories and a high overall placing in Paris. Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer currently top the overall standings at 8th and 13th respectively.



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